ThredUp president Anthony Marino on the explosion of secondhand

US-based fashion resale marketplace ThredUp is one of the leaders of the secondhand clothing revolution. The site has 35,000 brands across 100 categories and 100,000 new arrivals per day. Continue reading ThredUp president Anthony Marino on the explosion of secondhand

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eBay to launch authentification program for secondhand luxury goods

Although I’m yet to buy a secondhand designer bag online, my default go-to website for a quick browse is always Vestiaire Collective. Why? Because when you buy an item via the site, it is automatically inspected by Vestiaire Collective’s team, who are said to be highly trained in spotting counterfeits. So you can be sure that what you are forking out a lot of money for is indeed the genuine article. Probably the last place I would look is eBay, because we so often hear stories of people buying goods that turn out to be fake—Christina Warren of Gizmodo wrote … Continue reading eBay to launch authentification program for secondhand luxury goods

A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

French luxury resale website Vestiaire Collective has opened a pop-up shop at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental hotel. The pop-up is running from Dec 13 – Dec 22, with prices ranging from €100 – €30,000, according to Vogue. Given that I regularly drool over the designer pieces on Vestiaire Collective (and because it’s not every day that I get to go to a five star hotel), I had to go and check them out in real life. Even though the designer items on display were ‘preloved’, they looked entirely unused. A leather Saint Laurent jacket, a Chanel bag, a beautiful beaded dress that I … Continue reading A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

Where to get your designer clothing cast-offs online

As someone whose expensive tastes are not matched by her bank balance, I’m always looking for places to get barely used clothes, bags and shoes for less. I grew up with eBay, but things have changed a lot since then, as Amy E Williams’ article on The Rise of the Resale Rail in this week’s You magazine shows. There’s a whole community of like-minded fashionistas using designer resale websites to buy and sell pre-loved clothes. And it’s not just high-end pieces from likes of Celine and Chanel that people sell. There are also popular items from high street chains, so … Continue reading Where to get your designer clothing cast-offs online